Photography News 69


Photography News | Issue 69 |


Sony launches its highest resolution full- frame camera so far

Sigma says the fp is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera, with overall dimensions of 112.6×69.9×45.3mm and body weight of 422g. The camera features a 35mm Bayer sensor with 24.6 megapixels and, despite its small body, allows for mixing and matching with a variety of interchangeable lenses and accessories. The Sigma fp offers users the ability to shoot stills or videos and comes with a host of features, including being able to adjust image tone and colour, an auto HDR function, and the ability to create animated GIF cinemagraphs in-camera. Additionally, the camera supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording for Raw video data, and possesses the ability to record at 4K UHD/24fps. Through the L-Mount, a range of Sigma lenses can be usedwith the camera, aswell as those of other manufacturers. With the Sigma mount converter MC-21, Sigma SA mount and Sigma's Canon EF mount lenses can be used, offering users more options. Keyfeatures Sigma fp 35.9x23.1mmback-illuminated Bayer CMOS sensor 24.6megapixels, 6072x4056 pixels L-Mount Contrast AF, 49 zones Captures RawDNG files, 12/14-bit ISO range 100-25,600, expansion down to ISO6 and up to 102,400 Electronic image stabilisation 30secs to 1/8000sec shutter range Up to 18fps continuous shooting 3840x2160UHD 4Kmovie 1xSD slot Sigma announces world’s smallest full- framemirrorless

According to Sony, the A7R IV is the world’s highest resolution 35mm full-frame camera. Plus, it can shoot full-resolution images at up to 10fps with continuous AF/AE tracking for up to seven seconds and up to three seconds in APS-C crop mode, delivering 26.2-megapixel images. The camera’s imaging sensor is a newly developed 61-megapixel back- illuminated Exmor R CMOS unit working with Sony’s latest Bionz X image processor. The sensor’s new structure and noise-reduction techniques work together to give a low noise performance, even at high ISO settings. The native ISO range is 100 to 32,000 with expansion to 102,400. The sensor can handle a 15EV dynamic range at the lower ISO speeds, giving smooth tonal gradations from deep shadows to the strongest highlights.

In-body image stabilisation (IBIS) is fitted in the A7R IV body, giving a shutter benefit of up to 5.5EV. Helping to reduce riskof camera shake further is a redesigned shutter unit assembly. The cameradelivers61megapixels, and you can get even more out of the camera by using the Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode. In this setting, the camera captures 16 individual exposures, capturing 963 megapixels of data and giving a single file of 240 megapixels and 19,008x12,672 pixels. The A7R IV has an advanced autofocusing system using 567 focal plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of the image area. These AF points are assisted by an additional 425 contrast AF points that help accuracy and reliability in low-light situations. The AF system also features Sony’s Real-time Eye EF, which uses AI to lock onto the subject’s eye, and this is available for animal and human eyes. This mode also works with movie shooting and the AF tracks the eye’s subject. Available from this August, the Sony A7R IV body will cost £3500. An optional vertical grip, the VG- C4EM, will be available from September priced at £400.

Keyfeatures SonyA7RIV

£3499 body only 61-megapixel resolution Sony E-mount 9504x6336 pixels Full-frame back-illuminated sensor 15EV dynamic range Dual SD card slots, UHS-II compatible 5.76million dot EVF 3in tilting touchmonitor, 1440k dots 4Kmoviemode

567 phase-detect AF points, covering 74%of image area 10fps continuous shooting with AE/AF tracking Shutter range from30secs to 1/8000sec Built-inmicrophone USB-C charging Weather sealed 670 shots fromone charge

Keyfeatures SonyCyber-shotRX100VII Sony brings A9 performance to its RX100VII

Sony has also added to its premium compact line-up with the arrival of the RX100 VII, a camera offering a 20.1-megapixel resolution using a one-inch stacked CMOS sensor and Sony Bionz image processor. The RX100 VII can shoot at 20fps without image blackout and with AE/AF tracking. This is thanks to the 357 point phase- detect and 425 point contrast-detect AF system, which makes AE/AF calculations 60 times a second during continuous shooting. For even faster shooting, the camera has single burst shooting mode, which

gives seven still images at 90fps, 60fps and 30fps in Raw and JPEG using the anti-distortion shutter. For the first time in a compact camera, the RX100 VII has real- time tracking and real-time eye AF, which works in still and 4K video shooting. The integrated lens, in 35mm terms, is a Zeiss Sonnar 24- 200mm f/2.8-4.5, so a wide range thatwill allowallmanner of subjects to be tackled successfully. The RX100 VII will be in the shops at £1200.

20.1 megapixels using one-inch stacked CMOS sensor 357 point phase-detect and 425 point contrast-detect AF system Real-time tracking and real-time eye AF for humans and animals 20fps blackout-free shooting with AE/AF tracking Zeiss Sonnar 24-200mm f/2.8 lens Promovie features including 4KHDR, real-time tracking and real-time eye AF, 4KActive SteadyShot and 3.5mm

microphone jack Weighs in at 302g

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